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We are looking for community heroes!

Do you know somebody in your community who goes the extra mile to support vulnerable people, prevent crime and make their communities safer?
If so, then why not nominate them for a Community Safety Award, organised by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

The process is simple to complete with the winners recognised at the PFCC Annual Conference.
This event takes place on Friday, June 7th at Colchester United Football Stadium.

The nomination form is simple to complete online below
or can be downloaded for email or post here

Please submit your nomination by email to pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk or by post to:
Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, CM8 3HB
All entries must be received by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner no later than midnight on Sunday, May 12th 2019.

The winner will receive £500 to go towards their work in the community and two runners’ up or highly commended winners will also receive £300. There will also be a chance for the people of Essex to vote for the winner of a People’s Choice category from a shortlist of entrants selected by the judging panel. The People’s Choice winner will receive £100.

This year we have a new category for young people open to anybody aged up to and including 24-years-old. The winner of this award will receive £300 to towards their work in the community.

To win an award, you have to demonstrate that the nominee is an exceptional person or group that have gone above and beyond to keep their community safe. They also have to have delivered a project or scheme that has improved the safety of those around them.

Nominees can be volunteers or those who work in a professional capacity, delivering a service to the public to keep people safe, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Pippa Brent-Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said:
“Each and every day people across Essex go out of their way to make a positive contribution to their communities, whether that is through supporting vulnerable people, helping to prevent crime or making our communities safer. These awards recognise those unsung heroes. If you know somebody who really does make a difference please do nominate them and help get their great work in the spotlight.”

Previous winners of the award have included:

  • Crimewatch Wickford group – an online community that brings people together and makes a real difference to crime prevention in the local area.
  • Steve Wood – Criminal Justice and Welfare Manager of Open Road in Colchester.
  • Yvonne Weinling – a volunteer for the Clacton Appropriate Adults Service, who does a huge amount to support, advise and care for young people and vulnerable adults during their time in custody.

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday, May 12th

Nominations are open to individuals and teams from across the statutory, community, voluntary and business sectors, where an outstanding contribution has been made to improve community safety, prevent crime or protect vulnerable people. Nominations can be submitted by anyone who has benefitted from or witnessed the efforts of the nominees and their work, including managers, colleagues, or members of the public.

Please submit your nomination no later than midnight on Sunday, May 12th 2019.

Here are some rules to consider when nominating someone for a PFCC Community Safety Hero Award.

  1. Entry to the awards are open to anybody living, working or volunteering in the county of Essex.
  2. Police & Fire officers, staff and volunteers can be nominated.
  3. You can only nominate somebody once.
  4. You can nominate as many people as you like for the award, but you will have to submit a different entry for each.
  5. Last year’s winners cannot win the same award the following year.
  6. All nominations will be made anonymous when forwarded to judging panels for shortlisting. Each nomination will be judged on its own merit.
  7. In the event of a dispute, the decision of the judging panel will be final.
  8. All entries must be received by the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner no later than midnight on Sunday, May 12th 2019.


PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

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